I believe my formal and informal learning contribute equally towards my collective knowledge. I have learned a tremendous amount about subjects from both types of learning. I am very curious in nature and love acquiring new knowledge and perspectives. In addition, I am an extremely fast reader. Therefore, I perform well in formal educational settings, as well as reading various fiction and nonfiction informally. I enjoy being pushed to think in new ways. Formal education also allows me to see different perspectives that I might have missed through self-teaching. I also think that being hands-on and submerged in the actual work—not simply learning the theory of it--- also helps to build confidence and routine in the field. You never really know if you will like a job.. until you are actually doing it. I have done a decent amount of travel around the United States, a small bit of Canada, and most recently Cuba. This has vastly increased my awareness into diverse perspectives, cultures, and cuisine. This has helped further my knowledge-base outside of standard learning, as well as increasing my capacity for formal education. My experience and learning has given me an edge over many others. Often I feel as if I have better sight on the “larger picture”. I see intersectionality in many situations that many other are unable to perceive. It helps me to stay flexible and absorb new information quickly, in any form.
What is an interdisciplinary studies degree?
An interdisciplinary degree is a custom-built degree program geared towards blending disciplines to gain a more comprehensive education and skill-set. The degree is set towards real life in which disciplines are not isolated but inter-related.
Why did I major in interdisciplinary studies?
I majored in interdisciplinary studies so that I could get the best information and education possible and not limit or oversimplify my scope of work in the future. In my opinion, learning about the ways in which different fields and disciplines intersect and affect eachother is the future and crucial to large-scale successes. We can’t have wide-scale success with a limited-- and therefore incomplete-- scope of the world.
How do I explain my degree program?
My degree program allowed me to tailor my view to a variety of areas while keeping me accountable to an end-goal of a cohesive degree. It also encouraged me to have an educational/professional plan to keep my diverse interests in check. I have chosen to gear my learning towards fields that will enrich my knowledge towards attaining a degree in Public Administration and Policy. This degree allows me quite a few different field options that are all applicable to my passions and interests.
What do you study/integrate?
I integrate studying and implementing policy, how to measure and demonstrate its effectiveness, issues that relate to women, the environment, education, and minorities. I am very interested in the progression and expansion of all things related to responsible sustainability in all fields. I am interested in learning how to assist those researching, developing, and producing: environmentally-conscious, affordable, and effective solutions and technologies. I want to help improve our society as a whole environmentally AND economically.
What kind of skills have I learned and do I hope to expand on?
I have learned many skills towards research and discerning credibility, how to understand statistical analysis, and how to filter out lots of “fake news" or "news" that is irresponsible. I have also learned how to be a self-starter. I know how to create tangible plans towards a goal. This includes outlining steps and estimating accurate time needed for completion. I hope to learn more about the difficulties faced in the policy field. In addition, I am interested in the technological angles that affect policy. I hope to learn more about programming, technology, and statistical method and tools that can be utilized to create/improve policies. As well, I am interested in learning how these different methods help to demonstrate whether policy is considered “effective” or a “ineffective”.
What is my biggest strength? My biggest weakness?
I think these both go hand-in-hand. My greatest strength and weakness is my diversity and hunger for knowledge. I love learning and I find it natural to put myself in other’s shoes. I must be careful to not let allow that to force me into inaction. Overall, I think it empowers me to be objective and easily consider the greater picture. I think that skill is imperative when dealing with issues as broad as policy or the direction of a department or company. I naturally view things from the “team lens” or "the greater good", and not from a perspective of "one".
Why do you want this position? Or, why do you want to go to graduate school?
I want to continue on this path so I have the necessary skills and education to succeed. I think the timing for involvement now is imperative for those who are interested in the greater good of “society” or “humanity”. This is the time in my life where I have the energy, maturity and time-management skills required to make a significant “impact”. I want to “be the change I want to see in the world” and be an example to others how to be the same for themselves. If I can improve the quality of life for others, it enables them to worry less about surviving and more about improving their own communities.